Flea Fun Hits Westchester

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11816334_958360817539379_7173850191282223266_oThe “flea” experience has arrived in Westchester.  The Hastings Flea is a monthly, curated, specialty outdoor flea market at the Hastings-on-Hudson Metro North Train station parking lot (131 Southside Avenue, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY), overlooking the Hudson River.  At the Hastings Flea, local vendors sell unique, authentic, handpicked and handmade items including vintage finds, antiques, furniture, home goods, comics, crafts, jewelry and much more — making it a destination event for the whole family.  Offering live music and entertainment powered by a solar stage, Hastings Flea also features food trucks, crafts and chess for kids, animals, community vendors and other activities.

Hastings-on-Hudson resident Ilana Arazie started the Hastings Flea several years ago after moving to Westchester from Manhattan.  “I wanted to create a fun event that brought the community together and also kept me busy and working in Westchester so I could avoid a daily NYC commute.”

Arazie and her former partner Michelle DeForest brought their idea to the Hastings-on-Hudson Village board, which approved the endeavor.  This year DeForest went on to start Brrzaar, the new frozen yogurt business in Irvington, although the two remain good friends.

“At first, we found most our vendors through the crafts website Etsy, but now local vendors are finding the Hastings Flea and constantly applying to be part of the event,” Arazie said.  “I always go home with great treasures for my home or unique gifts for family and friends.”

The Hastings Flea takes place on the second Sunday of the month from April to November; the next event is on August 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This year, Arazie also launched the Chappaqua Flea alongside the Chappaqua Farmer’s Market on the third Saturday of the month at the Chappaqua Train Station (this month on August 15).  The town of Chappaqua was excited to have the Chappaqua Flea stimulate and celebrate the downtown area, attracting more shoppers and community.

Both The Chappaqua Flea and Hastings Flea feature a diverse array of vendors such as Laura Goode, owner of Vintage Pussycat, who sells vintage lingerie, clothing, decor and housewares from the 1920’s through the 1980’s or Davita Mckelvey, a travel blogger, who collects treasures from exotic countries such as Myanmar and Nepal.  Robert Leblanc comes to the Fleas from Peekskill with his rustic wood furniture and accessories made from reclaimed materials; Xiao Lin Hopkins shares her gorgeous collected vintage jewelry collection.  For more information (and to apply to be a vendor), visit: www.hastingsflea.com or www.chappaquaflea.com

Ilana Arazie's photo.Hastings Flea Music Line Up for Sunday, August 9th:
11:00 am-12:00 pm: 13-year-old Hudson Valley singing sensation Sam Levin.
12:00 pm-1:00 pm: Country, soul and Americana duo Curtis and Carla.
1:00 pm-2:00 pm: Favorite echo rock band Solar Punch.
2:00 pm-3:00 pm: Local Folk rock revival Riverrun Trio.
3:00-4:00pm: Talented pianist/singer/songwriter Michelle DeAngelis.

If You Go

August 9 (and the second Sunday of each month from April to November) at the Hastings-on-Hudson Metro North Train Station Parking Lot; 131 Southside Ave, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY, 10706.

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